Admit it, you watched “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” show in the late 90’s? When a contestant got into trouble they had the option of “phone a friend.” It may be time to do that.
God has made it clear that we are stronger than our temptations. Paul states, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor 10:13). A few practical escapes that have proved to be helpful to me are relying on friends. Confide in a friend during this Lenten season that you are working on giving up ____________. When the temptation comes to turn to whatever is your escape, text or call your friend. Admit that you are struggling in the moment, but that you are choosing to turn to them instead of your temptation.
It is vital to remember during this Lenten season that God and others are on our side. The Enemy will not stop his attempts to kill, steal and destroy, that is his nature. God, however, is with us and has given us the ability within ourselves to conquer whatever it is that keeps us from living fully alive. Augustine reminds us, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” Remember today that you are loved beyond measure! God is for you and desires to see you break whatever habit it is that keeps Him from being central in your life.
When your temptation comes today, this week, and it will come, turn to God and others as a source of strength and encouragement. God is thrilled that you are on this journey toward wholeness.